A beautiful piece of jewellery can make any outfit, whether it be a work-suit, or a cocktail dress look extra special. If you’ve been given an antique piece of jewellery, or if you have purchased a statement piece of jewellery from your favourite designer, here are some tips on how to take care of your jewellery so it remains in pristine condition:
- Store it safely
To prevent your jewellery pieces from getting damaged or becoming dirty, keep them in a jewellery box. There are numerous styles of jewellery boxes some specifically designed to store certain types of jewellery such as watches or rings. Plus, they come in different materials, colours and patterns so there is a jewellery box to suit all needs and styles.
2. Clean it regularly
If dirt and grime are allowed to build up, it can embed itself into the jewellery. This makes it incredibly difficult to remove. You may even cause damage to the jewellery through excessive washing and rubbing. Therefore, it’s a good idea to wipe down the piece of jewellery after each use with a soft cloth.
3. Don’t use chemicals
There are numerous products on the market that state they are good for cleaning jewellery. However, a lot of these contain chemicals which over time may damage the jewellery. The best way to clean most jewellery pieces is with warm soapy water which is applied with a soft brush or cloth.
4. Get specialist advice
Certain types of jewellery need to be cared for in a specific way. For example, pearl necklaces need to be laid flat when being stored to prevent the thread from stretching. Plus, they must be periodically restrung so the thread they are held on doesn’t snap. Getting care advice from a jewellery specialist will help to keep retain its condition.
Even if you are storing your jewellery in a jewellery box, you can protect if further by placing it in a zip or drawstring back which is made from soft fabrics like velvet or cotton. Storing it in bags will prevent scratches occurring that may be caused by it rubbing against other pieces of jewellery.
6. Keep jewellery out of sunlight
Certain metals like gold and aluminium and some gemstones will start to fade if they are kept in sunlight for prolonged periods. So, the best thing is to keep it out of sunlight!
7. Don’t wear it all the time
If you’ve got a piece of jewellery that you particularly love, you may want to wear it all the time. However, this increases the odds of it getting damaged. If you do wear it on a daily basis, make sure you remove it before partaking in any sports, particularly swimming. Plus, take care to remove it while you are getting dressed, as it may easily get caught on an item of clothing.
These simple but effective tips will help to keep every piece of jewellery, whether it’s a pair of diamond earrings or a pearl necklace in perfect condition so you can enjoy wearing them for years to come.